This week, Shaver was rehearsing a production of John Mighton's
Scientific Americans, to be presented in association with the Segal Centre
, which covers most of the costs.
is a brilliant man," said Shaver.
Mighton, who is an adjunct professor of mathematics at the University of Toronto, will deliver a lecture at the Segal Centre Sunday at 11 a.m. He'll be talking about the transformative power of scientific knowledge, as well as the play.
is in the prime of his
theatre career, having received two Governor General's Awards, the Siminovitch Award
and the Order of Canada.
has many hits behind him (Half Life, Possible Worlds, The Little Years) as well as two bestselling non-fiction books, The Myth of Ability (2003) and The End of Ignorance (2007).
math foundation JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies), which was set up to prove that anyone can learn math, is taking him on yet another, parallel journey.
In Seattle, Mighton
was one of five "social entrepreneur" panellists chosen from around the globe to talk about their unique approaches to changing the world. (His being JUMP.)
"I'm thrilled to be here," he
"It's such an honour."
curious to see if Scientific Americans will "stand up" over the years.
confessed to being a bit out of the loop about theatre these days.
"I founded a charity to teach kids math," he
said, "and it's sort of taken over my life."